Success in managing waste with no identified path to disposal at the INEEL

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The Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL) is aggressively managing waste with no identified path to disposal (WNPD), which was previously termed special case waste (SCW). As a result of several years of this aggressive management, the INEEL has reduced its WNPD volume from approximately 38,000 m{sup 3} in 1993 to approximately 6.33 m{sup 3} in 1999. This paper discusses how the INEEL reduced its WNPD volume. It specifically discusses the beryllium reflector waste produced from the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) as an example of the INEEL's success in managing its WNPD. The INEEL's success in reducing its WNPD ... continued below

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Mullen, C. K.; Carboneau, M. L. & Leavitt, M. R. February 27, 2000.

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The Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory (INEEL) is aggressively managing waste with no identified path to disposal (WNPD), which was previously termed special case waste (SCW). As a result of several years of this aggressive management, the INEEL has reduced its WNPD volume from approximately 38,000 m{sup 3} in 1993 to approximately 6.33 m{sup 3} in 1999. This paper discusses how the INEEL reduced its WNPD volume. It specifically discusses the beryllium reflector waste produced from the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) as an example of the INEEL's success in managing its WNPD. The INEEL's success in reducing its WNPD volume is the result of establishing long-range strategic objectives and consistently allocating an annual budget to implement specific work tasks that are consistent with these objectives. In addition, specific short- and long-range work tasks were developed and documented in work control documents. The work tasks are evaluated annually for consistency with the strategic objectives. Since the INEEL has successfully reduced its WNPD volume, it is now focusing on disposing of the remaining volume and preventing future generation of WNPD. As a result of this focused effort, a life-cycle disposal plan was developed for the Advanced Test Reactor (ATR) beryllium waste. This plan covers beryllium reflectors currently stored in the ATR canal and beryllium reflectors generated through 2050. This plan includes a pollution prevention (P2) opportunity, which applies to the DOE complex reactor beryllium reflector waste stream. The P2 opportunity also contributes to planning for the international nuclear industry to extend the life and reduce the radionuclide activation of nonfuel material in existing and newly developed test reactor nuclear power systems. In Fiscal Year 2000, the INEEL is focusing on further reducing its WNPD volume. To completely dispose of the INEEL WNPD, it will need a national plan for disposing of some WNPD categories. Therefore, the INEEL WNPD Program is participating in the DOE complex integrated planning process for legacy and future generated WNPD waste.

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  • Waste Management 2000, Tucson, AZ (US), 02/27/2000--03/03/2000

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  • Report No.: INEEL/CON-99-01259
  • Grant Number: AC07-99ID13727
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 758111
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc703753

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Mullen, C. K.; Carboneau, M. L. & Leavitt, M. R. Success in managing waste with no identified path to disposal at the INEEL, article, February 27, 2000; Idaho Falls, Idaho. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc703753/: accessed August 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.